Duke University and North Carolina are so fortunate to have the Nasher Museum of Art. The Nasher continues to bring in some of the most exciting contemporary artists and art exhibitions from around the world. Wangechi Mutu’s exhibition of over 50 pieces in a variety of media is a must-see for anyone who enjoys contemporary art.
The opening is today, Thursday, March 21 and continues through July 21, 2013.
Yesterday morning I sent out a newsletter mailing, the first I’ve sent in a couple of months. As luck would have it, the server my website runs on went down. There was a power outage in Irvine, California that brought down thousands of websites served by Dreamhost. The site is now back up and all seems well as of 9:00 this morning.
My friend Joseph Eger died this past weekend. Joe was an inspiring man, still leading a very active life at age 92. As recently as 2010, he traveled to San Francisco to conduct a concert there. And closer to home, he rehearsed and conducted students at the Durham School of the Arts this past year. He had moved to Durham only a few years ago, but made many new friends here. I will miss him.
In the early 1970′s, while looking for a tool in the basement of my apartment building in Richmond, Virginia, I found an odd looking device. It turned out to be an airbrush and compressor. I played around with it for a while, using it mostly for adding shadows to a comic strip I did for the school newspaper. Then I began painting with it, using acrylics. Around 1980 I made a painting I named “Mel’s Last Cigarette”. The painting was approximately 4×5 feet in size. I entered it into a show at the Mint Museum in Charlotte soon after it was completed and it won a purchase award from Knight-Ridder publishing company, then the owner of the Charlotte Observer. I often wondered what ever happened to that painting.
It has been a while since I have posted anything to this web log. I think of a log as an ongoing written record of events, the passing of time. Since last September, my life has been full of these daily events but I haven’t been recording them. I have been busy with a variety of things, but not the pursuit of art. Today is a milestone event for me and I wanted to put that down in my blog. Today I completed building my new studio. Its been underway since early October and was put on hold for a while to attend to other things. But now its ready to move in and make use of it. I just wanted to share my new work area with others while it is pure and unscathed. As you see, it is simply white, a blank canvas itself. That’s a good start for an art studio.
So today is a happy day for me. Tomorrow, I go back into the studio to do my work there. I’m grateful for both the studio and the challenge of spending my days there.